How to Manage a Garden Surplus

Late August is a great (though admittedly ominous) time of year for a lot of reasons. Gorgeous weather, a final summer long weekend, the US Open…. and harvest season! An overwhelming number of things are in season right now; for many of us that means peaches, plums, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, carrots, beets, peppers, potatoes, pears, cauliflower, and much, much more.  

This is great for about a billion reasons. First and foremost, fresh produce tastes really, really good. The flavours are substantially more intense; fresh carrots taste like candy and fresh peaches taste like something that fell from heaven. Beyond that, though, the best part about the produce this time of year is its sheer availability. Whether it comes from your garden, the grocery store, or both, its everywhere. And not only is it everywhere, but its (comparatively) cheap everywhere, too.

Cheap, delicious, and plentiful is a win-win-win. But, sadly, fresh produce doesn’t stay fresh forever, and a beautiful bunch of tomatoes from the garden can turn into a big mile of push in a hurry. So whats a girl to do with an overload of delicious produce?

Freeze it. Can it. Pickle it. Dry it. Bake it. Make a jam, a sauce, a salsa. Use a giant zucchini like this to make bread like this

Giant Zucchini - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlOr cake like this (recipe coming!): Best Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlOr head to the grocery store and turn all of those cheap, delicious peaches like this…Peaches - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl… into little frozen bags of summer that you’ll really, really appreciate in January. 

Whatever you decide to do, take advantage of the season and for god’s sake, don’t let anything go to waste. Take a day this long weekend and put away some summer produce– you won’t regret it! 

Happy, happy Labor Day!